Taxing Day For Titans; Lose 14-4 to Trojans

April 15, 2008

Box Score

Fullerton, Calif. - Nick Buss and Grant Green each homered and was 4-for-6, and Anthony Vasquez also added four hits as USC upset No. 15 Cal State Fullerton by a score of 14-4 in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field Tuesday night.

The Titans, whose pitching staff has surrendered 31 runs on 42 hits over the last two ballgames, drop to 20-13 on the year heading into a Big West Conference series at Pacific this coming weekend. Southern California sweeps the season series from Fullerton and improves to 19-16 with UC Santa Barbara on the docket for the weekend.

Buss led off the game with a 375-foot home run to lead off the game against eventual loser Michael Morrison, who dropped to 1-2 on the year. In the second, it was Buss again, driving home two more with a double to right, driving home USC's second and third runs, putting them ahead for good.

The Titans got as close as 4-3 in the fourth inning using an Erik Komatsu double, a Corey Jones triple and a sacrifice-fly from Jared Clark to score two runs, but USC Starter Kevin Couture pitched seven strong innings and USC went on to score 10 more runs the rest of the way. Couture improved to 3-2.

The Trojans added seven runs , three off Jason Dovel and four off Travis Kelly in the fifth and sixth innings, with a three-run Mike Roskopf home run to right ending Dovel's night. Kelly was roughed up for five runs on six hits in his 2.2 innings of work. He also walked one, hit two and surrendered Green's home run in the seventh.

Couture surrendered just five Titan hits on the night, striking out five while walking just one. Daniel Cooper and Vasquez pitched two innings of one-hit relief to secure the win. Tony Harkey provided the Titans only hit over the last three innings. Harkey's double down the right field line was the first of his career.

Brian Wilson pitched the only scoreless outing of the night for Fullerton, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball with two strikeouts. Greg Gelber made his Fullerton debut, surrendering USC's final two runs in the ninth.

Komatsu was the bright light in the Titan lineup, going 3-for-3 with a first-inning RBI. Corey Jones drove home two, while Jared Clark picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly I the sixth.

Derrek Perren, Taylor Grigsby, Joe De Pinto each had a pair of hits for the Trojans.

Fullerton travels to Stockton Thursday for this weekend's meeting with the Tigers. Game times are 6 p.m., 6 p.m., and 1 p.m, Friday through Sunday, respectively.